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New leave allowance for grieving parents

Employees who have suffered the death of a child will benefit from paid leave allowances under proposed new laws.

There is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide paid time off for grieving parents, but under the new bill published earlier this month, parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will have the right to two weeks’ paid leave.

To qualify for the statutory parental bereavement pay, employees must have at least 26 weeks’ continuous service but all employees, regardless of length of service, will be entitled to two weeks off to allow them time to grieve.

Employers will be able to recover the cost of statutory parental bereavement pay from the Government.

It is proposed that this will become new law with effect from 2020.

Currently under the Employment Rights Act, employees have a right to take a reasonable amount of unpaid time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant but what is “reasonable” depends of the circumstances.

If you would like to speak to one of our employment lawyers about any of the information above, they can be contacted on 0113 220 6270 or email

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